Folk help nail drug dealers

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A TOP cop has praised the public for their help in bringing drug dealers to justice during a series of raids across Mexborough, Denaby and Conisbrough.

Inspector Ray Mountford, who heads up the Doncaster West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said information from residents holds the key to solving crimes.

He told a public meeting in Mexborough that a number of residents have come forward to provide details of criminal activity.

This allowed officers to obtain search warrants at suspected drug dens throughout a recent operation.

Officers executed 15 search warrants on a number of homes, making 11 arrests and recovering more than £5000 worth of drugs.

At a Police And Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Mexborough, Insp Mountford said: “As a result of information received from the public we have acted on that and we are tackling people who are dealing drugs.

“These is also something where drug dealers tax other drug dealers and we are also focusing on that.

“It goes in a cycle where we get information from the public, act on it and tell them what we have done.

“Then hopefully the public tell us more and it repeats itself.”

He also warned criminals there is no place to hide as police will be conducting further operations in the near future.

“Watch this space because there is more activity.

“Enquiries are at a late stage and we are planning further warrants. The more the merrier.”

He told the meeting officers scored a number of key victories during Operation Agura in December.

This included the recovery of £5,000 cash, £3000 worth of cannabis, £2,000 of heroin and £50 of valium tablets.

Raids took place on various properties, including Hawthorne Crescent, Maple Road, Wath Road, Schofield Street and Flowitt in Mexborough.

A house on Priory Close at Conisbrough was also targeted.

*Residents are invited to attend the next PACT meeting on Thursday, January 10, at Mexborough Resource Centre. It will begin at 6.30pm.